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Poker Icon Annie Duke Teams up with PDF in NYC to Support Parkinsonís Research

The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF), with Honorary Chair, Annie Duke – poker icon and runner-up on NBC’s hit show Celebrity Apprentice – will host “Raising the Stakes,” on Wednesday, November 11 at Capitale in New York City.

Guests of the event have the opportunity to play casino games and to compete for top prizes, including a personal poker lesson from Annie Duke for the night’s overall winner and other luxury getaways.  The evening will also include cocktails, dinner and dancing. 

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Raising the Stakes leadership includes Co-Chairs Jose Cruz, Peter Dorn and Doug Stern.  All proceeds from the event will support PDF’s research programs that seek to find the cause(s) of and a cure for Parkinson’s.
Honorary Co-Chair Ms. Duke noted, “I’m grateful for the opportunity to support a good cause – specifically the nearly one million people in the US living with Parkinson’s disease.  Raising the Stakes will provide a great opportunity – through a little friendly competition – to raise funds for Parkinson’s research, to help those living with the disease.”

PDF Executive Director, Robin Anthony Elliott added, “PDF has been reminded time and time again by our friends in New York, both people living with Parkinson’s and the loved ones of those who live with the disease, of the urgency to ‘Raise the Stakes’ so that we can fund even more of the best research and the most promising scientists.  This event will help us reach that goal.”

Capitale is located at 130 Bowery, at Bowery and Grand.  Doors open at 8 PM.  Tickets are $165 in advance and $185 at the door.  For a limited time, until November 2, guests can purchase two tickets for $195, which includes $300 in play money.  To purchase tickets or to learn more, call (800) 457-6676 or visit

Media representatives who are interesting in covering the event should RSVP to, and include a copy of their press credentials and contact information in their email. 

About Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects nearly one million people in the US.  Although promising research is being conducted, there is currently no cure for or definitive cause of Parkinson’s disease.

About the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF)
The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) is a leading national presence in Parkinson’s disease research, education and public advocacy.  We are working for the nearly one million people in the US living with Parkinson’s by funding promising scientific research and supporting people with Parkinson’s, their families and caregivers through educational programs and support services.  Since our founding in 1957, PDF has funded over $80 million worth of scientific research in Parkinson’s disease, supporting the work of leading scientists throughout the world.



Source Date: Nov 03 2009